Benedicte is an experienced senior executive, company director and corporate counsel. She is particularly experienced in creating and leading multi-national joint ventures and public-private partnerships for large infrastructure operations.
As Chief Executive of Keolis Downer, Benedicte led the largest private operator of multi-modal public transport in Australia. Under her leadership Yarra Trams, the largest tram network in the world, delivered superior customer satisfaction and the lowest fare evasion on record; GoldLink, the Gold Coast’s first light rail line successfully commenced operations and surpassed all patronage estimates; and KD acquired a significant bus operator doubling the size of KD’s business in Australia.
As Refinancing Project Manager, Acting CEO and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary at Aquasure, the international joint venture responsible for the finance, design, construction and operation of Australia’s largest desalination plant, Benedicte led a $3.7Bn refinancing which lowered the cost of debt, diversified funding and strengthened the capital structure of the business.
In Paris, Benedicte was the co-founder and partner of the law firm, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associates where she handled large merger and acquisition transactions.
Benedicte holds a Baccalaureate with distinction in Mathematics and Science and an MBA from ESSEC in Paris. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Business and Tax Law from University of Strasbourg and is admitted to practice law at the Paris bar. Benedicte is an Australian citizen based in Sydney. She is fluent in English and French.
Co-founder (Retired from Board August 2017)
Ian is a co-founding partner of SecondBite and is the founding partner of PPB Advisory. He has been instrumental in turning around organisations in crisis and helped clients to protect their financial positions and reputations. Ian was a Board member of the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital 1992–1996 and the PPB Advisory team leader supporting the successful 2010 settlement by Diego for Thalidomide victims.
Ian gained a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University, a Post Graduate Diploma of Accounting at La Trobe University and completed the Owner President Manager course at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Director and Chairman of Partners, PPB Advisory. Ian is a member of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council (Melbourne) and member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and Trustee, SecondBite Future Trust.